A man named Chris J. Aernecke, 64-year-old from Sloansville, tragically died during a medical transport Wednesday evening. He was on his way home from the hospital for family care when the crash occurred.
Aernecke was allegedly being taken home from Albany Medical Center by Mohawk Ambulance Service when the ambulance went off the road on Route 20 and hit a tree shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Aernecke’s sister, Sharon Aernecke Aitchison, took to Facebook that the his brother had been battling cancer and its effects for many years. He was in Albany Medical Center for the past week to receive treatment of an infection and high fever.
“It is our prayer that he never knew what happened and did not suffer,” she wrote. “He is at peace at last, pain-free, and with our parents.”
Local police had also released the name of the 21-year-old driver and a 20-year-old emergency medical technician who were both injured in the crash, the incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.
The ambulance was driven by Cody Bryans, 21, who the sheriff said was taken to Ellis Hospital, where he was treated and released. EMT Elyssa Bevilacqua was taken to Albany Medical Center, where she was admitted.
“We’re still in the stages of determining why the vehicle went off the road; we’re hopeful to have a determination in the next few days,” Schenectady County Sheriff, Dominic A. Dagostino said.
“On behalf of Mohawk Ambulance Service and all of our employees, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family in this very difficult time,” said James P. McPartlon III, president of Mohawk Ambulance Service. “Safety and patient care remain our top priority, and we are committed to holding our employees to the highest standards. We are working in full cooperation with law enforcement, and together our agencies are investigating what happened surrounding this terrible event.”
Source: News 10